Remembrance Day - November 11th

Discussion in 'The Real World' started by MrBishop, Nov 4, 2004.

  1. MrBishop

    MrBishop Well-Known Member

    Every November 11th, Canadians across the country pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who served our country during wartime. We honour those who fought for Canada - in the First World War (1914-1918), the Second World War (1939-1945) and the Korean War (1950-1953). More than 1,500,000 Canadians served overseas - more than 100,000 died. They gave their lives and their future so that we may live in peace.

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    Sorry for the Canadian Slant...but I'm hoping that an American can add to this thread. I'm starting it early...because I'm FREE to do so. :canada:
     
  2. Gonz

    Gonz molṑn labé Staff Member

    Let us honor the Canadians, and all the war dead, on this, and every other day.
     
  3. catocom

    catocom Well-Known Member

  4. HomeLAN

    HomeLAN New Member

  5. chcr

    chcr Too cute for words

    :usa: umm... We do all realize that that is Veteran's Day in the US???
     
  6. HomeLAN

    HomeLAN New Member

    nope, didn't. But I do now.
     
  7. MrBishop

    MrBishop Well-Known Member

    Yes..I did. That's why I asked for an American to post about their day of remembrance. :D

    So...d'you guys wear poppies or something on the days leading up to this unforgeteable day.
     
  8. HomeLAN

    HomeLAN New Member

    Not really. For some reason, Memorial Day in May gets more attention, but it's a closer match to your Remembrance Day - honoring war dead.
     
  9. Leslie

    Leslie Communistrator Staff Member

    :tank:

    thanks for posting that chcr, I had no idea.
     
  10. freako104

    freako104 Well-Known Member

  11. Inkara1

    Inkara1 Well-Known Member

    May we never forget.
     
  12. markjs

    markjs Banned

    My Father was a blinded Veteran, my Uncle scarred beyond words in Vietnam, My Grandfather served in WWII.
     
  13. Leslie

    Leslie Communistrator Staff Member

    GAH! :mad:

    I fucking HATE the BLOC.
     
  14. Leslie

    Leslie Communistrator Staff Member

    the cockles of my heart are warm again. :)
    linkie
     
  15. MrBishop

    MrBishop Well-Known Member

    Yeah Les...that kinda shit happens every year. In Ontario..they're trying to force Legion Halls to 'butt out' - enforcing the No Smoking ban by telling Vets that they'll lose their non-profit status if they don't. All this right before Remembrance Day...of course!

    BASTARDS!!!

    They're in their 70's and 80's . Let'em smoke 'em if they got 'em.
     
  16. MrBishop

    MrBishop Well-Known Member


    We've got it on the 11th hour or the 11th day of the 11th month. Minute of silence...
     
  17. Leslie

    Leslie Communistrator Staff Member

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    Remembrance Day


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    The 29th Battalion, part of the Second Canadian Division, advances into No Man's Land through German barbed wire and heavy fire in the right-centre of the Canadian advance on April 9, 1917. (Courtesy Veterans Affairs Canada).
     
  18. alex

    alex Well-Known Member

    Maybe a good time to repost this......



    TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
    HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
    IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF
    PLASTER AND STONE.

    I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
    WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
    AND TO SEE JUST WHO
    IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.

    I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
    A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
    NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
    NOT EVEN A TREE.

    NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
    JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
    ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
    OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.

    WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
    AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
    A SOBER THOUGHT
    CAME THROUGH MY MIND.

    FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
    IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
    I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
    ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.

    THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
    SILENT, ALONE,
    CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
    IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.

    THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
    THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
    NOT HOW I PICTURED
    A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.

    WAS THIS THE HERO
    OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?
    CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
    THE FLOOR FOR A BED?

    I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
    THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
    OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS
    WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.

    SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
    THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
    AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
    A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.

    THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
    EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
    BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
    LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.

    I COULDN'T HELP WONDER
    HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
    ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
    IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.

    THE VERY THOUGHT
    BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
    I DROPPED TO MY KNEES
    AND STARTED TO CRY.

    THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
    AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
    "SANTA DON'T CRY,
    THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;

    I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
    I DON'T ASK FOR MORE,
    MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
    MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS."

    THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER
    AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
    I COULDN'T CONTROL IT,
    I CONTINUED TO WEEP.

    I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
    SO SILENT AND STILL
    AND WE BOTH SHIVERED
    FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.

    I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE
    ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
    THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
    SO WILLING TO FIGHT.

    THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
    WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
    WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA,
    IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE."

    ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
    AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
    "MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,
    AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT."
     
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  19. Leslie

    Leslie Communistrator Staff Member

    dammit alex! :crying3:
    this is always a tearful day for me.
     
  20. MrBishop

    MrBishop Well-Known Member

    Going for a walk at about 10:45...be back at around 11:15.

    The memorial isn't all that far...but the weight of all those who were lost to guarantee our freedoms will surely weigh me down as I walk. The walk back will be faster... the weight lifted, knowing that they did not die in vain.
     

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